2006 - Jade Parker
A young girl had Bilateral Retinoblastoma, a rare childhood eye cancer with treatment only available at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Her right eye has remained cancer free! Jade still lives in the neighborhood and just celebrated her 16th birthday and is enjoying high school; learning to drive and playing soccer.
2007 - West Forsyth HS Arts Department
Band Equipment – Ashebrooke helped fund the band instruments of the then new high school!!
2008 - Hyde Talbot
On February 1, 2011 Hyde became the 3rd person in the US (and the youngest by far at the time) to have a kidney transplant along with Soliris (Eculizumab) therapy. Hyde is doing very well and still lives in our neighborhood.
2009 - Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
2010 - Humble Heroes
Benefiting Forsyth county firefighter Mark Aycock and Sheriff Deputy Norman Woodward (Neighbor Patrick Apoian started Humble Heroes here locally).
2011 - Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Forsyth Ambulance Fund
To raise money for a dedicated transport ambulance at the CHOA Forsyth location in The Collections.
2012 - Cameron
Neuroblastoma Cancer (Last update on parents blog says he was cancer free).
2013 - Josiah Barfield
A young boy diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) He is now a 6 year old boy having completed his last heartsurgery in 2018. The Barfield family continues to raise awareness for HLHS.
2014 & 2015 - CASA of Forsyth County
CASA provides advocacy to court- involved children who have suffered abuse/neglect.
2016 - Peter Taylor
A former neighbor, Peter, was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis - no known cause. Though he is still paralyzed, he has made awesome progress! You can follow his story here.
2016 - Naomi Ziva
(Hal and Miriam Schmerer’s daughter) Naomi was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Sadly, Naomi passed away in March 2018. Her inspirational journey through cancer was captured by her friends and family in a book, “Waiting for the Next Blue Sky."
2017 - Jennifer Delucia
Jennifer was diagnosed in March 2016 with Diffused Large B Cell Lymphoma. She went into remission in August 2016. Her cancer came back in early 2017. She had an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant and though all signs showed it was a successful procedure, she had
2018 - Laurie Leljedal
Laurie was in recovery from an unexpected diagnosis of breast cancer...cancer that she found via a self-examination a month after her annual mammogram. She is doing well and continues making it her platform to encourage and motivate women, despite
genetics or age, to self-examine... because it could save your life!!
2018 -Family Promise is a local organization whose mission is to empower and assist families who are experiencing homelessness. Their ultimate goal is help their families obtain sustainable independence.
2019 - Jason and Kelly Pellino
Jason and Kelly were given the opportunity to assume custody of Kelly’s niece and nephew, as Kelly’s brother and sister-in-law struggled with addiction. This illness adversely affected their family, creating an unstable environment for their children and compounding their special needs. The Pellino Family moved Wayne and Michelle into their home; providing stability and consistency so important for managing autism, ADHD and ODD.
2019 - Jennifer Delucia
Jennifer was a recipient for the second time. She was truly a valiant warrior and beloved neighbor who fearlessly and tirelessly fought a battle with lymphoma. Sadly, she passed away in January of 2020. She will forever be remembered.
Go HERE to read about this year's recipients.